Only 22 miles from the cruise terminals at Long Beach and San Pedro, Catalina Island is a popular stop for cruise ships traveling to Mexico and Pacific Coastal cruises. With a combination of natural beauty popular with divers and natural beauty to explore on land as well as quaint shops, restaurants, and historic gardens, this is a cruise destination that you won't want to miss.

While going on a cruise can be a great way to go on an inexpensive vacation, if you are not careful, your shore excursions can easily eat up your budget. Here are some tips to help you save money on shore excursions while still having a great time exploring ports of call.

Regardless of the time of the year that you travel, it is not uncommon for cruisers to pick up a host of illnesses while out at sea. You do not want an illness to get in the way of your magical time out on the open water. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself from all of the germs and bacteria that call cruise ships home. Here are five ways that you can stay healthy on your cruise adventure.

Carnival advertises super cheap cruises from Long Beach - many less than $50 per person, per day. How much will that cheap cruise actually cost once you add everything up? 

All of the major cruise lines offer art auctions and other opportunities to explore art and maybe buy something. While initially, this might seem intimidating to some people, these art auctions are actually a lot of fun ... and no you don't even have to buy anything!